Archive for January, 2009
As most of you will know, Ronaldo stacked his Ferrari 599 into a roadside barrier. Here’s a before and after of the £200,000 sports car…
Adrian flux have had a bit of publicity from this unfortunate accident. The Guardian focused on the fact Ronnie might have trouble getting a new insurance deal, with Gerry Bucke offering his opinion on the matter. People from AA and Churchill seem very reluctant to insure the Man Utd Winger, with Churchill saying they may not even touch him on a 1.0 L Fiesta. Gerry was the only manager that was prepared to insure him, saying that “anything is possible” and that Flux had already insured a sportsman in his twenties on a McLaren F1.
The quote’s have even made it on Bulgarian and Chinese news sites.
This may well have been the scene shortly after the accident.
Unfortunately for Gerry, rumours of the ‘Fifa Player of 2008′ joining Ipswich in light of these comments have been denied and Real Madrid still remain favourites.
New Fluxbabes video’s are now available on Youtube and the Fluxbabes website. If you visit the Fluxbabe Youtube channel at www.youtube/fluxbabe, you will see the new video content from the 2008 and 2009 calendars. The Fluxbabe website, www.fluxbabes.co.uk, has been updated with more video content from past shows and photoshoots.
Here’s the video for the 2009 Bikesure calendar, visit www.fluxbabes.co.uk/video to see the rest:
If you saw TopGear a few weeks ago, you will have seen Jeremy Clarkson and James May test two very different cars that use alternatives to petrol. I have found another very different one and although doesn’t look it, performance is closer to the Tesla than the Honda.
The Tango is a 2-seater electric sports car that stands at 6 foot tall and because of the tandem seats, is less than a metre wide.
Its length is also slightly larger than the width of an average car, so no more parallel parking. Parking in Tesco is also easier as you can fit four of these in the average parking space.If that wasn’t enough because it is narrower than a lot of motorbikes you can weave in and out of traffic jams.
Some concerns might be the safety and stability for such a small and ‘lanky’ car. It is built with a roll cage so is safe, even at high speeds. Also because of the heavy batteries and low ground clearance, the stability is better than many other sports cars.
For the top model, the average 0-60 mph time is 4 seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph. The top speed and acceleration can be traded off though depending on the gear ratio you choose. There are 10 gear ratios to choose from, ranging from one offering a top speed of 172 mph with slower acceleration to one with a top speed of 100 mph although has phenomenal acceleration. The range is around 80 miles so wont be able to do long distance journeys, but with a 80% charge taking only 10 minutes you can do them with a pit-stop or two.
If you were worried about your electricity costs, the cost of electricity per mile is around 2 pence. To compare a 1.6 l Ford Focus, the cost per mile in petrol is about 9.75 pence. The 1.6 l Ford Focus does 42 mpg and the Tango has an equivalent of nearly 205 mpg.
One famous owner is George Clooney, who swears by it and has also been promoting the car in the press.
If you’re interested though the luxury version, the T600, will cost you over sixty grand. The slightly slower T200 that does 0-60 mph in 5 seconds will set you back £24,500, or the T100 that can do it in 7 seconds costs £11,500.
It is also only sold in America at the moment though so you will have to ship one over, but when has saving the planet been easy?!?
Recently I opened my emails to read about driving licences and expiry fines. Seemingly it took a while to reach me, as doing a little research I found the Daily Mail reported this on the 12th September 2008, with numerous copies of the story on loads of different websites.
With a catchy headline of “Unwitting motorists face £1,000 fines as thousands of photocard driving licences expire” it’s hard to ignore it, but if you got one of those lovely photocard driving licences in 1998 or the beginning of 1999 and you haven’t renewed it yet, you could be eligable for a hefty fine.
If you think yours might have expired or is due for renewal soon, take a look at the front of your photocard for the date on section 4b – this is your card expiry date.
Renewing your licence will cost you £17.50; more information can be found here on the Directgov website.